ECRAN Workshop on Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Serbia

Date: 28-29.06.2016
Place: Belgrade, Serbia
Organizer: ECRAN Secretariat with EC TAIEX Unit

The European Commission actively supports climate cooperation in the region of the Western Balkans and Turkey through the Environment and Climate Regional Accession Network (ECRAN). The Emissions Trading Working Group of ECRAN aims to provide the essential regulatory building blocks and to increase the technical capacity for a well-functioning future national or regional ETS system, which could be or is modelled in line with the EU ETS. This would pave the way for further cooperation and linking with the EU ETS.

The following results are expected for this Working Group:

  • To improve technical understanding of the EU ETS implementing provisions in relation to monitoring, reporting, verification and accreditation (MRVA) in the beneficiary countries, among the target group of industry and aircraft operators, as well as the Competent Authorities and potential verifiers;
  • To identify institutional, legal and procedural arrangements for a future national or regional ETS system, which could be modelled in line with the EU ETS.

Successful implementation of an emissions trading system among others involves the implementation of a system for the monitoring and reporting of greenhouse gas emissions, and for the verification of annual emission reports. Such Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) systems form the backbone of any ETS system.

General Objective

In the scope of the ECRAN various training activities were organised to support Serbia in the implementation of its emissions trading system in line with the EU ETS. In May 2015 a training was held to inform operators of installations, in November 2015 an advanced technical training was organised with an as-if verification at two large industrial sites, and in March 2016 an advanced technical training was organised on accreditation of verifiers. As a logical follow-up to these training events a two-day training will be organised on verification. The main aim of the training is to bring all stakeholders associated with verification together and prepare for implementation of verification activities prior to the actual start of the ETS system in Serbia.

Expected Results of the workshop

The training will provide an improved understanding of the role, organisation and operation of verification in the scope of emissions trading. The training will discuss the EU ETS Directive, the planned ETS system in Serbia, the regulation and requirements on verification, and the ISO 14065 standard. It will provide insights into the role of verification in the ETS and the key challenges on the road from Monitoring Plan to a validated annual emission report.